ARCH 200 - Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory


Archaeology 200 provides an introduction to the discipline of archaeology and an overview of world prehistory. The course is divided into five segments designed to introduce students to human evolution and cultural development in association with the methods, techniques and theoretical models that archaeologists use to reconstruct the past.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours 3)


Total Weeks: 15





Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
- Exploring the Past – Archaeology, Prehistory and Interpretative Reconstruction of Culture
- Archaeology of Human Ancestors
   Earliest Human Ancestors
   Earliest Archaeological Sites – First Stone Tools
   Homo Ergaster and the Lower Palaeolithic in Africa and the Near East
   Lower Palaeolithic in Asia and Europe
   Middle Palaeolithic and the Appearance of Neanderthals
- Origins of Modern Human Society
   Appearance of Modern Humans
   Late Palaeolithic Cultures of the Near East and Africa
   Industries and Cultures of the Upper Palaeolithic in Europe
   Art and Cognition in the Upper Palaeolithic
   Initial Human Colonization of Australia
   Peopling of the New World
- Post-Pleistocene Adaptions
   Mesolithic Period in Europe
   Post-Pleistocene Adaptations in the Americas
   Origins of Agriculture
   Origins of Agriculture in the Old World – Foragers to Farmers
   Origins of Agriculture in the New World
   Consequences of the Agricultural Revolution
- Development of Cities and States
   Development of Cities and States - Mesopotamia and the Urban Revolution
   The Indus Age – The Origins of Urbanism in South Asia
   Rise of Complex Societies in Egypt and Sub-Saharan Africa
   Early Cities and States in China
   Later Prehistoric Europe – A Different Pattern of Cultural Complexity
   Complex Societies in Mesoamerica
   Cities, States and Empires in the Andes
   Middle-Range and Complex Societies in North America
- Future of Archaeology
   Alternative Views of the Future and The Importance of an Indigenous Archaeology


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

- Recognize, describe and identify diagnostic artifact assemblages and prehistoric patterns of "development” as inferred by analogy, causal relationships and the archaeological record.
- Apply holistic methodology, including the development of hypotheses.
- Synthesize and compare archaeological datasets, distinguishing anomalies and patterns via deduction & analytical tactics.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the course content.


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Additional Course Comments:
- Late Policy: Late assignments are assessed a late penalty of 2.5% per day. Assignments that are submitted more than two weeks late will not be accepted. Assignment extensions may be arranged on reasonable grounds providing negotiation occurs prior to the due date.
- Assignment Format: Submitted work must be in digital format and will be marked for grammar, spelling, clarity and organization as well as content.
- Discussion Postings/Course Participation: In order to receive credit for student discussion, postings must appear no later than 2 weeks from the original date of the question posting.
- Final Exam: All students are required to take the final exam. Make-up exams will not be granted without a written medical excuse. Please consult your local college/university for more details regarding policy on deferred final examination.

- Academic offenses are taken seriously and students are directed to read the appropriate policy


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.